Geoffrey Bayldon dies aged 93

ICONINSIDER — Geoffrey Bayldon has died at the age of 93.
The British actor was best known for portraying the Crowman in ‘Worzel Gummidge’ from 1979 until 1981 and he also appeared in 1979 movie adaptation of the sitcom ‘Porridge’ as Governor.
He is believed to have passed away on Wednesday (10.05.17), with details of his death yet to be revealed.
BBC presenter Lizo Mzimba announced the sad news on Twitter on Thursday (11.05.17).
He wrote: “Sad news. Actor Geoffrey Bayldon, best known for playing Catweazle and Worzel Gummidge’s Crowman has passed away aged 93 his agency has says (sic).”
Geoffrey, who was Born in Leeds in North England, started off his career serving in the RAF before he trained to become an actor at London’s Old Vic theatre.
Bayldon became famous after landing a role in Sidney Poitier’s ‘To Sir With Love’ in the 60s and he also landed the role of Q in the original film ‘Casino Royale’ in 1967.
He most recently appeared in ‘New Tricks’ and he had a small part in ‘My Family’ before he retired in 2010.
Bayldon also famously turned down the role of the Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’ on a few occasions.
Explaining his reasons, he said: “I’ve never been in love with sci-fi. It doesn’t terribly interest me. I turned it down simply because I’d been playing old men and I didn’t want to play any more.”
However, despite his lack of passion for sci-fi, he made an appearance in 1979’s ‘The Creature from the Pit’.

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